The BuzzFlash Mailbag
March 14, 2002
Found some pictures at Newsweek of Enron people when they were flying high. The first you will note, is bachelor Skilling and his future wife. I particularly love the one of Kenny Boy - I can just picture Georgie Boy wearing a hat just like his -- somehow, well you know, it would just suit him.
Anyway, thought you might be interested in seeing how the other half party... or should I say partied. They certainly spared no expense.
Speaking of Enron - notice how they've disappeared from the radar screen and yet there is talk of indicting Anderson Accounting. Now, they employ 98,000 people. They shut them down and we have lots of displaced, unemployed, uninsured people, yet no talk of going after Enron bigwigs, and their employees already have been thrown to the wind. Guess those Enron ties are too close to home, so they'll make Anderson the scapegoat. Go figure, but when the fix is in, what can you do except be disappointed just one more time.
Congratulations again, you guys get such great interviews.
Zimbabwe election was "flawed", Bush stated.
Nancy Lynn Nagy
Note: The Bush Administration's statements were filled with so much irony, it
hurts. Perhaps Mugabe should ask the UN to investigate last year's "deeply
flawed" presidential election in the U.S.?]
Is it my imagination or not?!! Just when the Enron investigation had seemingly captured the attention of many Americans (1) the war in Afghanistan heated up, (2) Robert Ray released his "findings" and "conclusions" on Bill Clinton, (3) another government report concerning Roger Clinton and presidential pardons is distributed to newspapers before congressional Democrats obtain it, and (4) Paula "I just want an apology" Jones participates in a so-called (Fox TV-aired) celebrity boxing match!!
I don't believe any of this is coincidental.......but since Bush and company stole the presidency I sometimes think that paranoia has set in ....... can this be the case????
[BuzzFlash Note: It is not your imagination. The cabal of graying, closed-minded white men that compose the core of the Republican party mindset will do anything to maintain their slowly dwindling dominance, including the use of nonstop propaganda attacking the Clintons and this ever-expanding war of terror alerts.]
just read David Brock's book "Blinded by the Right," it is a book that
"every American should read along with Michael Moore's book "Stupid
White Man." Mr. Brock told the truth about the right wing conservatives and
the Republican Party and the vendetta to destroy
I have absolutely no respect for people who lie just to get ahead and that is what Newt Gingrich, Bob Bar, Bob Livingston, Asa Hutchinson, and etc., did to the Clintons and to the American with their lies. The American people owe Bill and Hillary Clinton an apology and "all these right wing conservative nuts" need to get on their hands and knees and apologize to the President and Senator Clinton along with the Republicans and the right wing nuts who went on television, like Ann Coulter, Barbara Olson, Paula Jones, Mark Haden, Cliff Jackson and the State Troopers, David Hale, Ted Olson, Ken Starr, Judge Santelle, and many others and apologize to the Clintons.
In my book, these people who wrote and told lies about the Clintons are the worst of the worst of Americans and they are nothing but scum. I hope they all fall in the mud and cover their head so I never have to look at their faces again on television.
Thank you for BuzzFlash!
Roger Moore made one misstatement.
We do not have 'one person, one vote' as long as the electoral college exists. People in certain small states have double or triple the voting power of people in larger states.
is difficult to understand how this archaic law still exists and more difficult
to understand why there isn't even any discussion of this travesty.
Subj: Another double(u) standard
From the House Government Reform Committee report on Clinton's pardons:
Unlike W, Neil, and Jeb, who would never consider taking advantage of family political connections for personal gain.
Re: BuzzFlash Interviews Michael Moore
What I want to know is, has he expressed any remorse for HIS part in putting Bush into the White House?
How dare he criticize Bush, when he is partly to blame for Bush having the power to do the things he is doing! Without Nader and his followers, and their campaign based on the total LIE that there was no difference between Bush and Gore, Al Gore would be in the White House today.
Without this realization on the part of the Naderites, there is nothing to prevent them from doing the same thing over and over and over. Just watch, Green Party congressional candidates (secretly FUNDED by Republicans) will take away just enough votes from Democratic candidates to ensure that right-wing Republicans win the election in 2002, keeping DeLay and company in control of the House.
[BuzzFlash Note: For anyone interested in what transpired between Moore and the Nader campaign in November, we suggest finding a copy of Stupid White Men and reading the Epilogue (even if you just read it at the bookstore). It goes a long way to explaining the decisions that were made and Moore's involvement in those decisions.]
Thank you for printing Steve Moreland's letter regarding Tom Delay's Vietnam excuses and racism. I would also like to thank Steve for serving in Vietnam and continuing to serve his country by speaking out against the hypocrisy of some of our elected officials.
Subj: Brock's Blinded by the Right
I am not in a position to say whether what David Brock presents is accurate and true. That will be up to other people. But if his book is not factually refuted, then it should spark an intense dialog and debate in this country. If it doesn't, if the media and politicians ignore it, the silence will be profoundly disturbing for our nation's future.
Please read this book. If you believe it warrants debate, please do your part to spark that debate.
By the way, I'm a proud skeptic. I go out of my way to look for spin and inaccuracy in everything I read.
Also, I have no connection whatsoever to Brock or anyone else. I'm just a lonely voice in the wilderness and a high school teacher in La Verne, California.
[BuzzFlash Note: You can now purchase "Blinded By The Right" as a BuzzFlash Premium.]
Re: Shawn Redden's recent letter
John Kerry was not committed of any war crimes, Sir. In fact, although he was involved in an incident in which civilians were killed, it was a rare occasion and under the necessity of war.
If Mr. Kerry is a war criminal, then this is news to me.
Today you had a link to a story, Fuel Efficiency Bill Faces Opposition. This story detailed the strong opposition to part of a rather "broad energy bill."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Bush just SCRAP Clinton's "track" to more fuel-efficient vehicles? And wasn't the goal of that "track" to have them come up to certain standards by 2010?
Assuming all that is correct, am I to understand that, in essence, the very same process is starting all over again, essentially wiping out the years of previous work done? (Only this time, the standards expected are, IIRC, considerably more stringent and thus stand even less of a chance of happening. Oh to be an oil baron.)
are they wasting MORE TIME on an issue that was already discussed, debated, passed
and then SCRAPPED by the oil president? Why isn't this front-page news?
Why am I even asking? Sigh.
Note: What's even more disgusting is Lott's belittling use of a photo of a bubble-shaped
electric car as an example of what better fuel-efficiency standards will mean
for the average citizen. The reality is this: Honda and Toyota have been making
and selling 50+ miles-to-the-gallon hybrid vehicles for almost four years and
the four-door Toyota
Prius costs less than $20,000 (any extra upfront cost are quickly recovered
in savings at the pump, especially when prices top $2.00 a gallon).]
Re: Tom Delay, Cluck Cluck
I have never met Steve Moreland, but I would like to shake his hand and thank him for this statement. I would be honored to hold Steve's coat should Mr. Delay ever take up his challenge.
Subj: Steve's Commentary
a wonderfully crafted comment on the increasingly blatant and arrogant hypocrisy
by the armchair warriors at the top of the GOP. I hope that Mr. Moreland sends
his letter to a major newpaper, and it gets the ball rolling on calling these
cowards on the carpet for their treason, their lies, and their cowardice. Congrats,
Steve. You were brave to serve
Why didn't you ask Michael Moore about his complicity in getting bush elected. Has he seen the shortsightedness of his errant green campaign. My high school history teacher showed the class how dividing the electorate impacts the results. This is a two party system and it will take a lot more legal changes before a third party can be effective and not undermine the best interests of the majority.
Robert Ray originally touted as a democrat? I remember republicans making a big
deal that the whole impeachment drama couldn't be the work of a "creepy little
right wing cabal" (as Calvin Trillen put it) because "look everyone,
Robert Ray is a democrat!" I guess that turned out to be another GOP lie
that the media bought hook, line and sinker, and now is sweeping under the rug.
[BuzzFlash Note: The last sentence in this article about Ray's run for Republican office in New Jersey says, "Until January 1998, Ray was a registered Democrat in New York City." Now, isn't that interesting?]
otherwise noted, all original